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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The "boo" committee

[VIDEO] LOL! Paul McKinley ran to replace the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. for his old Congressional Seat last year. At that McKinley ran as a Republican and lost to current Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

McKinley still is out there and he organized a "boo committee" at the recent Bud Billiken Parade. This video had me laughing as we saw the many politicians get the boo treatment.

I mean really, this video was hilarious. It was hilarious to see Mayor Rahm Emanuel literally running through and this "boo committee" elicited the attention of Chicago's finest. Of course a police sergeant literally attempted to block the view of the Rebel Pundit camera.

It's not inconceivable to me that the Mayor felt threatened by this display of free speech enough to want to get police involved. And needless to say this activity likely didn't get covered in the mainstream media of Chicago. Probably wasn't significant enough.

BTW, since being Mayor of Chicago is an important political position whoever holds that office should hold a thicker skin. Especially if the office holder has the tendency to send severed heads of defenseless animals to political opponents. :P

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Congrats to Jackie Robinson West #JRW

I want to offer a belated congratulations to the Morgan Park based Jackie Robinson West Little League team. They made it all the way to the Little League World Series and unfortunately lost to a team from South Korea on Sunday for the Little League baseball world title.

Unfortunately I never had the chance to truly watch them play but it's great to know this group of young men have already tasted success in their young sports careers. Here's hoping they will continue to have success not only on the baseball diamond but also in their lives away from sports.

Every young man or woman either playing youth sports or even playing in high school, college or professional can always have the ability to become a champion if they work extremely hard. That also goes for life whether in school or in a career as well.

Chicago was truly behind this team and this morning there is a parade for them.

BTW, Worlee over at The Sixth Ward shared his own thoughts on not only JRW, but also the state of Little League baseball on the south side. We need to provide outlets such as this for our youth to keep them out of trouble and team them skills that would help them not only in sports but in life.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ask A Manager: Hate Your Job?

How many of us are in this situation and looking for an escape plan. Here are some steps to follow from the blogger at Ask A Manager who writes this piece at US News.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A job hunting anniversary has just passed

So an anniversary of sorts has quietly passed recently. I've often talked about my weird luck as far as job hunting these past two years and it all started with this one opportunity that I hoped would be the ticket. It wasn't thanks to a rejection although more happened that had been beyond my control.

I wrote about that earlier this year and chalked it up to something that wasn't meant to be anyway. Easy answer I had no management experience and it seemed the company in which I would've entered wasn't in the best shape to begin with. It was written the company I would've joined had some background legal issues that caused their ultimate eviction by the Cook County Sheriff.

There are many ways to spin it, but here's an easy one it was a "blessing in disguise". That's what me and a friend of mine concluded fairly recently but only when I discussed with him my own frustration with this current job market. BTW, when we talk about this past opportunity we talk a lot about what likely happened behind the scenes and we likely will never entirely know for sure. All we both know is what was published in the papers of the time.

When I still don't get a job offer it's very easy to drone on about the opportunities I didn't get. When that happens my friend told me recently don't worry about whether or not you got the job. You got a phone call from employers so therefore they're interested and there was a decent stretch that I got no phone calls at all.

He's right, but not getting that NEW job is always going to remain a blow. As stated before it's awful when not getting the job has nothing to do with you, but only that someone else proved to be better - they beat you to the position. If it has something to do with you, it's easy to fix but if someone else got the job because you were in the ballpark and yet edged out that's a horrible feeling.

That's the job market lots of people are looking and hiring managers have their pick. If it's your lateness, appearance or even responses to their interview questions it doesn't take much to NOT get the job. The ones who are looking what we all must figure out is what it takes to GET the job.

If anyone has the answer to that question, the floor is open!

BTW, I have some irony for you. Not too long ago I wrote about not getting the job because the hiring manager at a bank was bothered that I had arrived to the interview late and was real nasty at times about it. I found out a month or so after that unfortunate interview that she had been let go. How about that for irony?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A politician from the Democratic machine of Chicago "gets even"

Chicago is known for its politics especially it's local Democratic machine which reached its apex during the 1950s and 1960s. It's probably still a force although not the force that it once was. Even today we still have remnants that are still active.

Then we had an elderly gentleman named Ed Kelly who was part of this machine and has been around politics for a long time. He got up through city government using his "clout" to get himself a job in city government. In fact he served many years in the Chicago Park District, and he was elected a Democrat ward committeeman.

He talks a lot about Mayor Richard J. Daley and then Mayor Harold Washington apparently says little about Mayor Richard M. Daley but had this to say about our current Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
I feel sorry for Rahm, I really do. Rahm had no idea what he was getting into. Rahm’s not a Chicago guy. He’ll never be a Chicago guy. He’s not a street guy. He’s trying to be, but he’s not. He’s a suburbanite. He’s not a Chicagoan, he really isn’t. He’s smart, very smart. I think what he inherited is going to continue on, he’s going to find out more problems, money problems and things.
Wow! Perhaps Emanuel did get in over his head a bit and I think I can agree the Mayor spent many years away from the city as a Congressman or even as he grew up and started his adult life. Perhaps his career wasn't entirely conducive to being a big city mayor. Especially with the issues he began to take on as Chicago's mayor.

BTW, this may well add credence to the idea that Emanuel is only using this office as a stepping stone for much bigger ambitions. Those charges are out there he wants to be Governor or President. Those of course have come from somewhere, yes?

You should read the entire article about Mr. Ed Kelly.

Monday, August 18, 2014

USA Today: Chaos, violence in #Ferguson; National Guard called in

I've been following this situation actually since I learned a St. Louis, Missouri Alderman had been arrested in some of the unrest. While there were some quiet in the unrest, now the state of Missouri is calling in the national guard:
Another night of chaos and violence gave way to an uneasy quiet Monday as residents cleaned up from looting and vandalism and awaited the arrival of the National Guard.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Guard into Ferguson hours after police cited "pre-planned" acts of aggression by protesters. Sunday night and early Monday morning, protesters shot at police, threw Molotov cocktails at officers, looted businesses and carried out a "coordinated attempt" to block roads and overrun the police's command center, Nixon's office said in a statement.

The National Guard will "help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson," the statement said.

The predominantly black city of 21,000 on the outskirts of St. Louis has been under siege since Aug. 9, when white police officer Darren Wilson, 28, fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Protesters have been met with a heavy police presence, resulting in fierce nightly clashes.
There's a video with the report and it also stated autopsy report of Michael Brown who was unarmed and shot by police which sparked the unrest there.
On Sunday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal autopsy on Brown's body. Hours later, reports began surfacing that the private autopsy performed at the request of Brown's family determined he was shot at least six times, including twice in the head and four times in the right arm.

Benjamin Crump told USA TODAY the preliminary autopsy reports shows Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head but not in the back.

"It verifies the worst that the family thinks happened -- that he was executed," Crump said. "It confirms what the witnesses said, that this was an execution. That's what the witnesses said from day one."
I must find more on this autopsy to be fair...
The findings came Sunday after a preliminary private autopsy, the second performed on Brown, by Michael M. Baden, former chief medical officer for the state of New York, at the request of the Brown family. The first autopsy was performed by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office.

“There were at least six entry wounds, there might have been seven, but we’ll have to correlate that with what was found in the first autopsy,” Baden, who retired from the New York state police in 2011, told the Wall Street Journal.

He cautioned against drawing conclusions from the autopsy. “Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting,” he told the Times, but added: “In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times.’”

He also told the Times about Brown’s head wounds.

“This one here looks like his head was bent downward,” he said, indicating a wound at the top of Brown’s head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”
So now we know more about what happened to him and unfortunately things haven't calmed down in Ferguson. One issue that seems to keep coming up during the course of this unrest is the militarization of police. Some criticized the response of the police there which prompted the State of Missouri to send in their state police under the command of a Capt. Ron Johnson pictured below:
Now he's the one that has to preside over the unrest that was sparked again last night. It seems he helped to calm things down in Ferguson. And I still hopes things calm down there soon.

BTW, that St. Louis Ald. Antonio French remains in Ferguson to cover the story. This is an interesting update, not that I've seen much about the police chief there but I get the idea he was maintaining a hardline. Now it seems if you believe this post that this experience has changed him.
May there be peace in Ferguson, Missouri.

Spam comment...

Last week, I posted about "Internet domains & hosting". The comment above was successfully posted to the blog, however, it was a spam message. It was very fitting however it was still considered spam and eventually I marked it as such.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What's going on in Ferguson, Missouri???

To be honest, I haven't really been following closely the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. After the shooting death of an unarmed Black teenaged male by police there there have been some unrest there. I've seen a number of social media blurbs on this situation so far, but not followed very closely.

I found out via Reason that a St. Louis, Missouri Alderman - Antonio French - who had been tweeting about the unrest had been arrested. This is news to me because I've followed Ald. French for a number of years now although not always consistent.

Ald. French once operated a political/urban website PubDef before he had been elected to the St. Louis Board of Alderman in 2009. He probably was following the unrest as the journalist he had been known as before becoming a public official. That I can respect, unfortunately he was sent to jail for it.

BTW, I found an article that stated that he was freed from police custody. The reason for the arrest according to him, he didn't listen. HMMM!

I'm only now attempting to figure out what happened in Ferguson. So I don't want to comment, but it was stated that this teen had been unarmed which makes this puzzling. So why did this young man get shot?

Then I thought about what happened in New York with another Black man being manhandled by police and he gets choked to death. Not entirely certain what happened there but somehow this man caught the attention of police there.

These are seemingly both cases of excessive force and unfortunately both of them involved Black men. Both of these cases got noticed by users of social networking and causing controversy. I hope the facts come out and hopefully things will calm down in Ferguson.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams

To be honest, I hadn't thought a whole lot of Robin Williams lately. Yet this recent news of his death by suicide had come as a shock. That makes this news even more sad!

Robin Williams had been in the public eye for almost 40 years. I remember his Mork & Mindy TV series and he's known for the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. As a matter of fact that movie annoyed me so much the two times that my nephews had come to Chicago and it seemed that was the only movie they wanted to watch.

Of course there were other movies he was in. I liked One Hour Photo when I saw it years ago and he's also known for Dead Poets Society and Good Morning Vietnam. I also remember him from Popeye and he played the title character.

He also had a TV series recently that got cancelled titled, The Crazy Ones. He was always busy and provided humorous memories not only to us his fans and admirers, but to surely his friends and family. It truly has to be sad to them.

This brings me to this point.

We never know what causes people to come to this point. Hopefully this brings greater awareness to mental illness or more accurately depression. There are people who are suffering through depression or any other mental illness.

To be sure, this condition is dangerous as you may never know what darkness lies inside of people and whether or not it surfaces. For example, the darkness could cause someone to harm themselves of others and even if they only harm themselves it's certainly would be hard on those who truly know them. The unfortunate thing is whether or not anyone could bring them out of this darkness.

Another issue with mental illness is probably hard to comprehend. We may know something is wrong, but do THEY know. With mental illness the person in question may not realize there is a problem they think they're normal and may believe something is wrong with everyone else.

All the same it's not my role to play psychologist with regards to Robin Williams. We also know that he has issues with substance abuse, but as it turns out he had been having problems. It has been noted that he also had been seeking treatment for depression so this isn't entirely new news.

The only thing anyone can hope is that anyone is suffering from anytime of mental illness seek treatment. And here's hoping that lives would be saved by this awareness and encouraging people to seek treatment.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Never quit a job until you've found another one...

There have been times I wish it was this simple. They say it's easier to find a job if you already have a job. In my case I have a job, but the new job so far has continued to elude me. This column is for those of us who play it safe, and yes it is best to line something up before you quit a job.

It's either that or go back to school full-time. ;)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Internet domains & hosting

Over the years on the internet I have played with the idea of a website although unsure about the execution. The late 90s was my first experience with the internet and saw that internet users could create their own webpages but it seemed to take lots of work. At that, what would be the purpose of such a website.

I played around with GeoCities in the early 2000s. It was as much a profile as it was a website, my Geocities site was akin to an FB profile than it was anything else. The only difference was that no one sent you friends requests or anything like that. It just displayed my identity, my interests and some pictures uploaded the "old fashioned way" by scanning prints.

By 2005 I started this blog utilizing Blogger and most of my attention went to blogging. Now there's a purpose to having a website and it already helps to already follow politics or other types of news such as sports, entertainment, Chicago, education, etc. It also helps that I could write in the first place - even with some of the mistakes you may find here lol.

Within the past month I had bought a domain name for one of my other blogs - The Sixth Ward. It was something that had been considered for a long time and it was finally executed. That blog also uses Blogger and with that service the domain name could be used for the blog with the domain being used as the primary blog address.

It doesn't take up as much effort and time as WordPress seems to. This is something that's already in my experience - Unconventional Wisdom - although so far the only work WordPress required was to upload the software to a hosting server. Then of course you have to keep updating the software and there are some other incidentals depending upon how popular a particular site is.

BTW, there was a time that Blogger would allow you to use FTP to upload blog posts to a host. In fact it was experimented with on my end primarily with the provided hosting of an ISP. Blogger cut that out years ago and at least the blog could be hosted on Blogger servers and if you prefer the use of a domain which could be directed to a particular blog.

Now that there is a domain name for one of my main blogs, perhaps it's time to take this hobby of mine to the next level. Is it time to purchase a domain for THIS blog and then purchase some hosting space? Perhaps that question will be answered in the near future.